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Mercury is a real problem

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Regarding Ruth Smith’s letter about methyl-mercury health warnings in local wild fish (Reader Input, June 3), there are a lot of sources for statistics she says is lacking on the subject. Look up “Minamata Disease” as a start if she wants extreme examples of its effects. The real effects of methyl-mercury is on children and fetuses however and its negative effects on their neurological development. The Dept. of Fish and Game has published such warnings for years in the back of its regulation booklets. It may not kill them but it may contribute to them being less than they could have been otherwise so don’t worry because there is always going to be a need for an unskilled labor force made up of the dull witted that eating fish like Black Bass from the Bear, Yuba and American Rivers will help provide. Calvin Guin, Auburn